November 28th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
9 years ago

Rove says Obama economic team 'reassuring'

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(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is drawing early praise from former top Bush-aide Karl Rove.

Rove, widely credited with orchestrating President Bush's two successful presidential campaigns, writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Obama has assembled a "first rate" economic team that has "provided surprisingly positive clarity."

Specifically, Rove praises Obama's choice of New York Fed Chairman Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary and Obama's pick of Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, as chief of the National Economic Council.

"Monday's announcement of Mr. Obama's economic team was reassuring," Rove writes. "He's generally surrounded himself with intelligent, mainstream advisers. Investors, workers and business owners can only hope that, over time, this new administration's economic policies bear more of their market-oriented imprint."

Rove also offers praise of Berkley Economics Professor Christina Romer as Obama's choice to head up his team of economics advisers. But Rove criticizes the choice of Melody Barnes, a former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, as Domestic Policy Council Director.

"Putting a former aide to Ted Kennedy in charge of health policy after tapping universal health-care advocate Tom Daschle to be Health and Human Services secretary sends a clear signal that Mr. Obama didn't mean it when his campaign ads said he wouldn't run to the "extremes" with government-run health care," Rove writes.

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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Dr T M Kemnitz

    Why does anyone report what he thinks? It is time to impose some standards; one of which is that intellectually dishonest people do not get to pollute the media with their views. Rove is intellectually dishonest; his time was disastrous and has gone from American life.

    November 28, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Trish

    Does the departure of Dubya mean we won't have to see or hear from Karl Rove after January 20th? While he is credited with aligning right wing fundamentalists and the military complex to forge a brutal alliance in the war on individual rights, and American civil liberty, isn't all of that yesterday's news? Do the people who suffered 8 years of seeing truth and reason trampled by the Rovian's (formerly known as evangelical Christian's), really want to witness his fawning attempts to buy back his soul or his honor?

    November 28, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Trey in Virginia

    That's right Karl kiss up to Obama.... If you don't you could find yourself in jail for Treason... where you should be

    November 28, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Alex

    edit: Berkeley

    November 28, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. nelly54

    Go home Karl, no one wants your opinion on anything

    count your lucky stars you're not in jail, as you should be

    November 28, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Lynn in NM

    He HAS to surround himself with intelligent, experienced advisors. He has no choice in the matter.

    November 28, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Chris

    Rove should just go away. Some place far away. Like Gitmo.

    November 28, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Jordan

    It is interesting to see all of this early praise for Obama. With Obama being a seemingly fiscal conservative he is getting praise left and right from high level Republicans such as Rove and Mcain, it seems as if the far left is holding their praise.

    A fiscally conservative Democrat who is intelligent, objective, and sincere.

    Those who have doubt in America's immediate future need to drop the cynicism and realize that we have the greatest leader since John F Kennedy in our grasp.

    November 28, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Drill, Baby, Drill - Idaho Falls

    Obama's pick of "same ole, same ole" economic team – the guys that got us in to this mess – will be his downfall. Evidence includes Rove endorsement. I want my vote back – RON PAUL in '12 !!!

    November 28, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Sylva

    I think Rove want to work in the Obama administration. He has been very nice lately when speaking of Obama...

    No Way Rove!

    November 28, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Bloomfield NJ

    Why is this guy not in Jail?

    November 28, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. paul oregon

    who really cares what this repub. has to say . the G.O.P is a losing
    party!!!!! does anyone belive the senile party of the last 8yrs been good for the whole of the U.S. strange the repub. say they lost be cause of the econmony. again which party has been in charge the last 8yrs. may be we should be come a one party nation seams like this president elect can do both the econmony, and protect our intersts.

    November 28, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Thomas, Illinois

    Hey Karl...I bet you wished your former boss was as smart as Obama...Oh, that's right, I forgot...You were his brain....

    November 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Joe Regis

    Rove should tell that to his fellow neo-cons.

    The people have trusted Obama's judgment to do the right thing and of course he is on the right track.

    November 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. J Cohen

    Do we really care what Rove has to say? He is well versed in the political scene with regard to manipulation and deception. Is there any proof that he actually knows what is good for the country?

    November 28, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Pounder

    Why would ANYONE with any sense of the Nation's well-being give one hoot in hell as to what Karl Rove thinks??

    November 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Elizabeth Harrison

    Sounds like Karl Rove is job searching!

    November 28, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Dave

    Great praise from a person that should be in jail for outing a CIA agent.

    November 28, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |

    ┬╗Very interesting...

    November 28, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Joanna

    Karl Rove is another individual who needs to just SHUT UP and slink away. My personal belief is that he should be tried for treason. I truly hope we never have to hear from this "man" again.

    November 28, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Mike

    Why is this man still proffering opinions? Rove speaking about the economy is like the Detroit Lions describing how to win football games.

    November 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. curtis in WI

    Okay, what is he up to? Rove has never praised any Democrat unless they were sucking at the Republican teat and Obama certainly isn't doing that.

    DO. NOT. TRUST. THIS. CRIMINAL. Wait! There it is – he's hoping Obama will tell the Democraticaly controlled congress to forget about the subpeonas he ignored and could be prosecuted for!

    November 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Terry, DE

    I agree with everything he said except the point about Melody Barnes, she's an excellent choice.

    November 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. H Rifas

    Who cares what Carl Rove thinks or writes about – he is a has been that never was.

    November 28, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Carl from MI

    Karl Rove is evil...

    As soon as Obama takes over he's going to be prosecuted for outing Valerie Plame, be sent to Danbury to 10-15 years... and make friends with his new boyfriend Bubba!!!

    It's time for Rove to get his just desserts...

    November 28, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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